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My Plans....

Well, firstly a big thank you to Sean for being so cool (and swift) with the changeover ;-) I'll be dong my best to get things rolling along again as quickly as possible. All contributions (ideas, code etc.) will be graciously accepted. Just send code to the email address listed on the user info page and comments/suggestions here!!

I've been using AliveJournal now for 6+ months and I have a number of things on the old todo list... all is subject to change, but:

(1) Multiple servers - I used to post to Blurty.com. I'd like the ability to keep that up. At the moment we have to recompile the entire app to change servers...
(2) Look into the UTF-8 issues that someone reported a while back - I've never had any issues, but I'll look into why this is happening.
(3) Drop the sub Window for the sub controls... I get forced to use Semagic at work (via Windows) and the one thing I like about it over AliveJournal is the fact that it has all of the controls for mood, security etc. under the entry text box. This is something we can expect to happen real soon ;-)
(4) Look at the LiveJournal XML-RPC - this is a little way off. It looks to be a fairly simple thing to implement given an off the shelf XML parser, but I want to source an XML decoder/encoder that is cross platform before I commit to implementing it. Otherwise I'll write one myself - this will take the most time ;-)
(5) Look at the Blogger XML-RPC - LJ also supports this, but it also opens up another BLOG on BeOS... I have registered an appid code, so pending the LJ XML-RPC investigation... (this may get done first as there are less methods in the blogger API)
(6) Release at least part (1) asap.... this will happen within the next 2 weeks... part (2) may be included, though I can't promise anything. Part 3 will at least be under way (I need to alter some controls on that window because they aren't working quite right..)

What I need from you - the users... Comments, comments, comments! I'll be doing all of this even if zero people actually use AliveJournal (save me), but I'll do it a lot quicker if you all start hassling me... Pressure is a wonderful catalyst.

Oh, and when I say 'cross-platform', I mean PowerPC... Yes there will be a PowerPC version from now on!
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Congrats. Getting updates to Alivejournal means even more pressure to build a BeOS system for spudifer ;-). I really should get Be reinstalled as well (Need a new dvd drive, the 5.0 cd installer hates my cd burner apparently)
Thanks ;-)

I'm hoping to start this evening (GMT). The biggest issue is remembering to move the ADSL router downstairs... We have a Intel Anypoint USB slab that BT give you these days (UK Phone company), but, of course, that will not work under BeOS... Shouldn't be a biggy though. (I may just rig up a dummy testrig for offline testing and debugging anyway... something that allows login, and then gives responses to requests etc. and lets me see what was sent.)

Does anyone object to using SourceForge for version control? I've used it before and it's doable. I dislike CVS, but I want something publicly accessable. I'd rather use Perforce, but I would need somebody else to host it as my connection is not really up continuously. If no one shouts, SF will be the simple way to go. If there are objections, I'll maybe use perforce internally and see how it goes.

Matt
At some point I added in a preference to change servers. It's possible I never released that code... I really have to work on getting you access to that perforce server.. :)
At this point a zip/tarball would be cool ;-) I have got a SourceForge account... just need to set it up and commit the source. This is all waiting for 1.62's release.

In related news, I now own the BeBits posting Sergei made for his UTF8 version too.. (alle yr AliveJournals r us) I'll remove it/phase it out when I do a release. Bizarrely the BeZip entry is linked to this one, not your old one!! lol...
That's probably because I don't even know what BeZip is. :)
http://www.bezip.de

They are German. Started about 3+ years ago. They host all the apps they list, and they seem to link to BeBits (RSS feed?) and grab all the apps as they are updated... cool, except they only list the more popular/recent stuff. I have no idea why they (as it's then that usually approach the developer initially in my experience) chose Sergei's listing over yours... odd!
Probably because Germans need UTF-8? :)